AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US

From THE NEW HAVEN REGISTER:

The vandals who stole a cross, tore a Bible and shattered the stained glass at the Episcopal Church of St. Paul and St. James challenged the parish to respond with mercy or justice, the Rev. Alex Dyer said in his Sunday sermon.

Dyer said he chooses to respond in mercy, as Jesus did.

“That’s who I choose to follow, is this Jesus, the Son of Man, who was much more about forgiveness than justice,” Dyer preached a day after the break-in in the historic Wooster Square church.

“Unfortunately there are millions and millions of people … who call themselves Christians, disciples, who worship a God that is out for vengeance. … But that’s not the God that I worship. That’s not what God is about.”

Many see Christians as relying on vengeance, rules and regulations, and stained by hypocrisy, he said, but “We have a choice today, not to live into the way people think we’re going to act, not to live into the hypocrisies, not to live into the inconsistencies, the way people want us to act. A lot of people think we would be justified in acting that way.

From the WEBSITE of St. Paul and St. James:

At St. Paul & St. James we include people of diverse races, social classes, incomes, ages, and sexual orientation. We are seekers, skeptics, and the spiritually hungry of all kinds. We are all drawn together in the love of Christ. No matter where you are on your faith journey, you are welcome here. Our worship services speak a language of prayer that represents the diversity and complexity of our congregation, while remaining rooted in the Episcopal tradition of Common Prayer.

For getting it and then living it,
The Reverend Alex Dyer is our

BRICK OF THE DAY

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AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US — 4 Comments

  1. “St. PJ’s” is a terrific parish (not my own) that operates a food pantry and does a world of good in its urban location. They’re struggling financially, and this is the last thing they need, but I am not the least surprised that Alex+ and the congregation would respond as they have.

    Alex is also one of the founders of Chapel on the Green (http://www.chapelonthegreen.com), a weekly outdoor eucharist on New Haven’s central square that focuses on ministry to the city’s homeless people. A brick indeed!

  2. “They’re struggling financially”; one would guess that from having two saints in their title; could they be the product of an earlier merger to maintain one church in an area that used to support two?

  3. Nice Oberhasli goat in the photo. I liked the Oberhaslis the best when my family milked goats.

    Forgiveness is hard sometimes but it is what we are called to do.